Goshen family hit by double tragedy

The house where
Marques Gordon
was killed.

GOSHEN, St Elizabeth - The gun killing of a man in his 30s and death, apparently from natural causes, of a 56-year-old woman here on Sunday, have rocked one family. Relatives of Olive Watson, who they suspect may have died from bronchitis, say that they were getting ready to take her to the Mandevi ... Read More

Recipients with Jeneese Brooks (back centre) executive assistant of the Manchester Central Bell Education Project
and (L-R front centre) Manchester North East Member of Parliament Audley Shaw and JLP caretaker for Central
Manchester, Dr St Aubyn Bartlett. Central Manchester JLP caretaker helps students
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) constituency caretaker for Central Manches ... Read More

State minister for Local Government and Community Development, Colin Fagan, is introduced to
the audience by the SDC's Avril Ranger during the SDC LEDSP fair. The drive to transform communities through LEDSP
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth - Nancy Hylton-Coleman says her food processing business is the direct resu ... Read More

Bernet Spence (left) of the charity group Good Shepherd
International hands over donated packages for the St Elizabeth
Infirmary to mayor of Black River and chairman of the St
Elizabeth Parish Council, Everton Fisher (right) as
representatives of donors, the Parish Council and the infirmary
look on. (PHOTO: ST ELIZABETH PARISH COUNCIL) Donors make a difference at St Elizabeth infirmary
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth - The St Elizabeth Infirmary has had good reason to be grateful to donors i ... Read More

PHOTO: Up! Up!! Up!!!

Monday, September 21, 2015    

Up! Up!! Up!!!

Students and teachers of the Christiana Leased Primary & Infant School recently celebrated academic excellence, most notably a 93 per cent average in the Grade Four Literacy Test. Theme of the celebration was 'We are going up! up! up!' Photo shows 'victory' balloons being released to mark the occasion. (PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT) Up! Up!! Up!!! --> Read More

Cadet movement assists discipline in schools

Monday, September 21, 2015    

Cadets posing with Sgt Coleridge Minto, Director Safety & Security, Ministry of Education.

MAGGOTTY, St Elizabeth — The Ministry of Education says it has partnered with the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF) to promote discipline in schools. A news release from the Education Ministry said students are being encouraged to participate in uniformed groups. According to the release "the aim of the JCCF is to appeal to the imagination of the youth, challenging them and equipping them with leadership and life skills". As part of the partnership, The Fourth Battalion of the JCCF re ... Read More

Former US pro aims at popularising baseball in Jamaica

Monday, September 21, 2015    

Rose said that he wants the students to have fun as he works to develop the sport of baseball in

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Former United States professional baseball player Edwin Rose believes there is a lot of baseball talent to be unearthed here. The United States-born Rose, who played for the Boston Red Sox and is now athletic director at the Weston Christian Academy in Florida and founder/technical director of BEST Baseball Academy, started a baseball initiative in Jamaica 22 years ago and is not giving up. Among his recent activities was a summer baseball camp at deCarteret Col ... Read More

Anavah Love Jones debuts album

Monday, September 21, 2015    

Anavah Love
Jones (right) in
performance with
backup singers.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Brother and sister duo Stephen and Tiffany Blake, who came together to form the group Anavah Love Jones, this month put out their first album God A Me Boss. The album launch was part of activities on the culmination of an International Women's Conference from September 10-12 in Mandeville, organised by Acts of the Holy Spirit Ministries International. The event was the brainchild of Pastor Dorrett Blake, who is at the helm of the ministry alongside her husband P ... Read More

Mandeville Kiwanians reach out to Broken Hurst Basic School

Monday, September 21, 2015    

President of the Kiwanis Club of Mandeville Wentworth Gabbidon (centre)
receives books on behalf of the Broken Hurst Basic School books from Kiwanis
International Governor eastern Canada and the Caribbean District, Serge Viau
(left). Looking on is Kiwanis International President Dr John Button.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester- The Kiwanis Club of Mandeville has embarked on a project to assist the Broken Hurst Basic School in the parish. President of the Club and former Jamaica Teachers' Association head Wentworth Gabiddon said work is underway to complete an unfinished area at the institution in order that the children and staff, will among other things, have a designated dining space and an additional restroom. Serge Viau- Kiwanis International Governor of eastern Canada and the Caribbean ... Read More


Monday, September 21, 2015    

Petrena Ledgister

In the story headlined: 'A Pioneer ... Manchester teacher Petrena Ledgister breaks new ground at Spanish Diplomatic School' which was published on Monday September 7, the Jamaica Observer Central erroneously stated that there were students representing 74 countries at the Spanish Diplomatic School. In fact there were 74 students representing 23 countries during the 2014/15 academic year. CORRECTION --> Read More

PHOTO: A first!

Monday, September 21, 2015    

A first!

As is the case for many other churches, weddings are a common occurrence at the Ridgemount United Church in Mandeville. However, the recent joining in marriage of Dwayne Allen and Kareen Knight (seen here) was a historic moment for Ridgemount United in one respect. The wedding was held during regular Sunday morning service with the congregation as witnesses and guests. Pastor Oliver Daley said that it was the first time that that had been done at Ridgemount. Daley felt that a useful precedent ... Read More

For Your Diary

Monday, September 21, 2015    

Shoppers inside the Fairview branch of Fontana Pharmacy during TSO

(1) Monday September 21 Breastfeeding Week Launch Mandeville Seventh-day Adventist Church Caledonia Road- 8:30am (2) Tuesday September 22 Rotary Club of Mandeville Meeting Golf View Hotel Mandeville- 5:45pm Guest Speaker: Assistant Commissioner of Police for Area 3 Kevin Blake (3) Wednesday September 23 National Integrity Action and Electoral Office of Jamaica Consultation Manchester High School Mandeville- 5:30pm (4)Saturday September 26 Peace Fest 2015 Gospel Concert Brook ... Read More

SSP Bailey is new head of Clarendon Division

Thursday, September 17, 2015    

BAILEY… mandated to
organise operational activities
geared at curtailing the recent
upsurge of violence in the

SENIOR Superintendent of Police (SSP) Fitz Bailey has been reassigned to head the Clarendon Division, the Police High Command announced Tuesday. SSP Bailey, who was the former Commander of the St. Andrew Central Division and Area 4 Headquarters, was expected to take up duties in Clarendon yesterday. The Police High Command said Bailey has been mandated to organise operational activities geared at curtailing the recent upsurge of violence in the parish of Clarendon and to institute programmes a ... Read More

Uncertainty in St Elizabeth North Eastern

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large South Central Bureau myersg@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, September 13, 2015    

(L) REDMAN... I’m in the race for the long haul.
(R) PRYCE... did not
return call.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Rumours, uncertainty and tension prevailed among supporters of the ruling People's National Party (PNP) in St Elizabeth North East (NE) yesterday, following further delays in the challenge to Raymond Pryce's leadership of the constituency. The delegate vote to choose between Member of Parliament Pryce and Santa Cruz businessman Evon Redman for chairmanship of St Elizabeth NE was pushed back from yesterday for the second time in a week. This time the indefinite ... Read More



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